Special Ostadi, was previously known as Al Ustad Special Kebab is located in Burdubai near Al Fahidi Metro station. Special Ustadi is known for serving authentic, no frills-attached Iranian kababs. Packed on any given day of the week, the walls of the restaurant are decorated with thousands of pictures of famous people who have eaten at that restaurant and the glass tables are decorated with old currency collection from all around the world. Since it was our first visit we asked our server for recommendation and he happily recommended a few dishes which we tried. The menu is quite short and simple and has kebabs in different marinations, humus, Arabic bread and soup.
All meals at Ostadi come with a complimentary chicken soup, salad and a bowl of yogurt with mint and cucumber in it.
Chicken soup: Thick chicken soup with dried herbs in it. I totally loved it.
Kabab Koubideh: This kabab is made with the barbecued minced mutton or chicken and some exotic spices in it. We chose the mutton kabab and it was absolutely delicious. It was perfectly cooked and this kabab looks similar to sheesh kabab. They serve this with the Arabic bread, that we call kuboos (AED 30)
Joujeh Kabab: Chicken Cubes marinated in saffron and then barbecued. It was moist and perfectly cooked with the right marination. This comes with the Arabic bread as well. (AED 32)
Hummus: Dip made from mashed chickpeas blended with olive oil. (AED 7)
Mint Tea: This was complimentary with our meal and it tasted so different from the mint tea’s I have tasted before. It was very much needed after a heavy meal.
Where: Near Musallah Tower, Al Fahidi